Dog-friendly Office Project Point 9: Leads and Collars

In the spirit of ‘Enriching the Workplace with Your Dog" at free stitch, we started the ‘Dog Friendly Office Project’ in September 2019. 

Since then, we have listened to the feedback from our customers about how their workplaces view bringing pets to work and we have created a set of guidelines for our staff who come to the office with their pets.

Through a series of blog entries, we hope to expand on and explain some of the reasoning behind the guidelines that we created in the consent form. 

In our previous blog posts, we explained some of the logic behind setting the rules written in our guidelines for bringing pets to work. In our following series of blogs, we would like to focus on some of the precautions we should take while your pet is with you in the office. 

Let’s look in more detail at point 1 of the office guidelines; ‘please bring and use collars and leads that your pet is familiar with’.

We assume most people will bring a collar, lead or harness from home and hopefully one that your dog is comfortable with so this rule is self-explanatory, however we set this guideline in case of any trouble or adding more stress to your dog. 

Generally the size of collars and leads brought from home have been purchased with your dog’s exact size and comfort in mind. If a different lead or a collar that your dog is used, it might slip off, or your dog may reject and try to remove it which could result in injury.

free stitch always keeps some spare collars, leads and harnesses in the office, however if the ones we have in stock are very different to what our staff members' dogs are used to, we recommend using a harness or double lead.  

Bringing your pet top the office might be stressful due to the unfamiliar and new environment, so it is advisable to help your dog acclimatize as much as possible by bringing things that they are comfortable with. 

In our next post, we will examine point 2 of the office regulations; ‘

Next time, I will introduce point 2 of the office regulations; ‘if your pet is wet or dirty due to weather conditions, please bring a towel and be sure to wipe their body and feet before entering the office’.

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